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European Communities (Protection of Animals at Time of Slaughter) Regulations, 1995.

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These Regulations lay down standards for the protection of animals at the time of slaughter or killing and in doing so give effect to Council Directive No. 93/119/EC. They set out in the rules for the treatment of animals prior to death and for humane methods of slaughtering and killing animals both within slaughterhouses and in other locations such as farms in order to ensure that animals are spared avoidable pain and suffering. The conditions and standards laid down in these Regulations shall apply to the movement, lairaging, restraint, stunning, slaughter and killing of animals bred and kept for the production of meat, skin, fur or other products and to methods of killing animals for the purpose of disease control. Provisions of these Regulations prescribe general conditions of treatment, regulate the responsibility for treatment of owner or person in charge of a slaughterhouse, and prescribe also measures with regard to the control of diseases. No person shall import meat obtained from solipeds, ruminants, pigs, rabbits and poultry from a third country unless it is accompanied by a health certificate certifying that the animal had been slaughtered or killed under conditions which offer guarantees of humane treatment at least equivalent to that granted to animals of European Community origin as provided for in the Council Directive.
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